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President Biden directed states and tribal governments to designate all adult Americans eligible for a vaccine no later than May 1 during his primetime address on the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act on Thursday.

Why it matters: It's part of the Biden administration's "wartime effort" to get the nation "closer to normal" by July 4.

Context: Biden said in early March that the U.S. would have enough vaccine doses for 300 million Americans by the end of May, roughly two months sooner than his previously promised timeline by the end of July.

What they're saying: "A year ago, we were hit with a virus that was met with silence and spread unchecked," Biden said. "Denials for days, weeks, then months, that led to more deaths, more infections, more stress and more loneliness."

  • "A year filled with the loss of life, and the loss of living for all of us. But in the loss we saw how much there was to gain in appreciation, respect and gratitude, finding light in the darkness is a very American thing to do."
  • "In fact, it may be the most American thing we do."

Of note: Biden's address Thursday also comes one year after the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic.

Biden said 527,726 Americans have died from the coronavirus as of Thursday night.

  • "That's more deaths than in world War I, World War II, the Vietnam war and 9/11 combined," the president added.

The big picture: Biden also announced that the federal government will launch a website before May 1 to make it easier for people to find vaccination sites and schedule appointments.

  • Biden said his administration will release new guidance on what people can and cannot do once fully vaccinated and that his Department of Education will focus on opening the majority of elementary and middle schools across the U.S.

Go deeper: Biden signs $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill

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Death toll mounts as fighting between Israel and Hamas intensifies

Palestinian Muslims exchange wishes for Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, near a razed building in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia, on May 13. Photo: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

At least 109 Palestinians and seven people in Israel have been killed since recent fighting between Israel's military and Hamas began Monday.

The big picture: Israel began massing troops on its border with Gaza on Thursday, launching attacks from the air and ground as Hamas continued to fire rockets into Israel.

By the numbers: Where the earmarks are wanted

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Data: House Committee on Appropriations; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is being targeted for the largest collective earmark request in the country, according to a detailed breakdown of overall requests released by the House Appropriations Committee.

Why it matters: House appropriators are trying to balance bipartisan momentum for infrastructure investment with "pork-barrel" spending's checkered political history. The data dump is an effort to provide transparency for what are now termed "community project funding" requests.

Democrats open to user fees for infrastructure deal

President Biden sits Thursday with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) as they discuss his $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal. Photo: T.J. Kirkpatrick/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Some Senate Democrats are open to paying for a compromise infrastructure package by imposing user fees, including increasing the gas tax and raising money from electric car drivers through a vehicle-miles-traveled charge.

Why it matters: By inching toward the Republican position on pay-fors, some Democrats are bucking President Biden's push to offset his proposed $2.3 trillion plan by focusing only on raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy.